Meet Dr. Jim Bailey
Dr. Jim Bailey saw a real need for people of all ages to get clear, accurate information about the workforce and finding the job that fits when he served as a college professor. He then served as the executive director of a non-profit where he had the chance to witness first-hand the impact having the right employees and the right culture can have on a company’s success. A former researcher on mental health and work environments, he understands the links between who we are, what we do, how we do it, and the place our career has in our sense-of-self and life satisfaction. Helping others form both a healthy vocational and personal identity and confidence in themselves is his passion.
The son of a small business owner, Jim learned the value of hard work by helping out on production floor and making deliveries. Watching his dad manage sales and run the company helped him understand the fundamentals of business leadership. Later in life he earned a Ph.D. focusing on how organizational functioning is influenced by people's mental health. In 2006 he opened Directions Consultation - a Career and Business Coaching practice. Since then, he’s provided career coaching and business personnel and leadership services to hundreds of individuals and many companies who are passionate about maximizing their outlook on and performance in the workplace.
A native of East Tennessee, Jim's been married to his wife, Sloan, since 1989. The couple has two adult children. When he has free time he loves to hike, ride his bikes and do home remodeling projects. Dr. Jim's community involvement includes: supporting Knoxville Young Life; mentoring college-age and 20-something men one-on-one and in a weekly small group bible study; and helping ministries like The Cross - Greek Christian Ministry and Young Life at the University of Tennessee.
PHD - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
MSW - THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
BA - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSE